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Mystic Reflections' Creations

Mystic Reflections' Creations

Caralyn's Events and Appearances

  • Aug. 30th - Sep. 3rd - DragonCon: Atlanta GA
  • Feb. 23rd-24th 2018 - ConNooga, Chattanooga TN
  • Nov. 17th-19th 2017 - Atlanta Steampunk Exposition: Atlanta GA
  • Nov. 11th - 12th 2017 - Christmas at Lithia Springs High school, Lithia Springs GA
  • Oct. 7th 2017 - RevFest: Rev Coffee Smyrna GA

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Bye Bye DCon!

Took a small break after this years Dragon Con. It was my 10th year of being in the DCon Art show and it was awesome as usual.
Here's some shots from my Gallery and Auction table. :)
Blew the Gryphon posing for a photo before the show. 
Aero was ready for the auction to start. 

My 2018 DCon Gallery Auction Table
My 2018 DCon Gallery
Had a blast meeting new people and seeing my con buds. And seeing all the creative costumes and colorful fans is always a blast.
A bunch of my little guys found new homes and I won an award for my charity piece. :)

3rd Place Charity Auction
A Huge Thank you to the Dragon Con Art show directors and volunteers, they work so had every year to make this show amazing. And a Big Welcome to all the new Mystic Reflections' Followers.
Also a shout out to my crew, without you guys I would not be able to do this show each year.
I will be getting back to work this week. I have reopened my Etsy store and am slowly listing the remaining sculptures, should have them all up by the end of this week. :)
See you next year Dragon Con, Thanks for Ten awesome years!

Thanks for reading!
~Caralyn

Monday, August 20, 2018

10 Years of Dragon Con!

This labor day weekend marks the 10th anniversary of my artwork getting accepted into the Dragon Con Art Show.
Ever since attending this amazing convention for the first time, I dreamed of being a part of their art show. With encouragement from my family I attempted to join the show. But was rejected by the judges. :( The next year I reluctantly applied again. 2008 was apparently my year, I passed the jury.
I proudly set up my booth with my make shift signs and backdrop. I felt like a fraud that first year. I was selling my artwork next to amazing artists, with years of experience behind them. No matter what I felt or not, the artists and art directors welcomed me into the DCon family.
This was the set up at my 1st craft show ever, as you can see my booth has come along way from this first tiny show.
I didn't even have sculptures yet and Yes, that is a poster-board sign with masking tape. LOL

More handmade signs and displays.
My family and I call this colorful table cloth "the magic carpet" and it has been covering my booth table every single show since 2007.

2009 and you can see my booth is looking a little more put together. 

2nd Dragon Con booth set up. Not too bad, still had so much to learn though.

2011 Dragon Con booth set up. Starting to look legit? 
Dragon Con is the largest Sci-fi/Fantasy convention in the South-East, with over 80,000 attendees last year, but only a decade ago it was bringing in 30,000 people, still the largest show I had ever been a part of.
10 years later and this art show has proven to be my most successful convention each year. I have won several awards in the Art show, from best fairy to best horror, believe it or not. :)


I have also met the most crazy yet most interesting people here and made many friends and con buddies.
I completely believe you never stop progressing and improving as long as you keep doing, and the same goes for shows/conventions.  Each year I learn something new about my art and the business.
2014 booth set up.

2015 booth set up.

2016 booth set up.
2017 booth set up.
Though it is a stressful time, getting ready for this convention every year;
Taking months to build inventory and working many nights and weekends to prepare, I love this Art show and the inspiration it has been for me.

Here's a look at how far my artwork has come in the 10 years of Dragon Con. :)
Dragon pals 2008

Dragon Pals 2011

Dragon Pals 2014


Dragon Pals 2018
Steampunk Dragon Pals 2012

Steampunk Dragon Pals 2013

Steampunk Dragon Pals 2014

Steampunk Animal Pals 2013

Steampunk Animal Pals 2014

Steampunk Animal Pals 2015

Steampunk Animal Pals 2016
Looking forward to being apart of Dragon Con again this September. Can't wait to see everyone there. :)
Thanks to everyone that has supported my art and encouraged me over the years. And Thanks to Dragon Con for letting this little artist be a part of this awesome show for 10 years. :)

A super special Thank You to the people that help me at the show every single year, without these few I would not be able to handle the stress of those 4 con days. I love you all so much and appreciate all your help. Laralee, Julie, JR and my sweet wonderful husband.

Thank you for reading!
~Caralyn


Friday, July 13, 2018

She Sells Sea Dragons by the Sea Shore

Hello Art Fans!
Working super hard to get my Gallery inventory up by the Dragon Con Art Show in September. Ugh it is almost here! I somehow run out of time every year, I think the universe shortens the year in July just so I don't get my "to-do" list done...IT'S A CONSPIRACY I TELLS YA!!!
But I did get a fun sculpture finished this week and I am super excited about how it turned out. I'll admit, this piece had me worried for a minute. it was going the complete opposite direction than I had envisioned in my head so I wasn't sure I was going to be able to pull it off, but it seems I know nothing. Let me walk you through my process of making my first Sea Dragon.
Every artist has mess-ups and mistakes when creating a piece. This piece decided to give me grief right off the bat. The frame I had planned to use for this sculpture originally, completely melted in my oven. I was super annoyed because I had spent several days embellishing it. But now I know to make sure a frame is actually wood instead of hard plastic. Live and learn...a lot. Each set-back teaches you something.
The new frame was around three inches taller than the last, so now my sculpture was going to be larger than I had expected but the Art must go on!
As always, I begin by forming the general shape with polymer clay around aluminum foil, loosely packed. The aluminum center helps to cut back on how much clay you use and how long you have to bake a piece.
I wanted my Sea Dragon to sort of resemble a seahorse. So I gave it a long thin jaw/snout and a curving shape to it's neck. Pressing yellow/orange glass beads into the clay for my dragon's eyes.




I poke holes in my sculpture where I need to attach the fins/wire before baking,
because it is very difficult to poke the holes after baking. 
Then I bake my piece for only about 10 minutes. I don't want to cook it for too long because I will bake my sculpture multiple times.
I hold my piece up to the frame several times during the sculpting to make sure it is the right size and shape for the selected frame.
The back of the frame is completely sculpted from polymer clay.
It makes it easier to attach my sculpture to the base.
Now lets make some fins. I sculpt each fin around a wire to keep them a nice straight shape and to have an anchor to attach the fins to my sculpture. The fins are then baked for 5-10 minutes.
Then I place the fins in my piece to make sure I have it the way I want. I ended up not having enough that were the correct size and had to make more fins. 

Normally I like to use colored polymer clay to add different shades to my sculptures but I didn't think I would be able to get the right look using only clay so the fins got hand painted stripes. I mixed colored powder with Liquid Sculpey so my paint could be baked without burning.  
Time to make the background on the frame. I don't like my framed pieces looking like mounted heads, to avoid this look, I give each frame a small background. I think it makes the frame feel more like a window my piece is coming through. I painted the background shades of blue and then sculpted right on the paint. I winded the Sea Dragon's long body back and forth to get the look of a serpent swimming. Then added small scales one by one.
And I added some seaweed to complete the look.
My frame was not feeling as oceany(oceany is a word :P) as I wanted so I felt little barnacles and shells where needed.


The small bubbles are made of resin and I added them after the piece was completely baked.
After the background is finished, I attach my dragon to the frame. Using craft wire that goes from the torso into the frame and mounds of liquid Sculpey, which works like glue you can bake.
Here comes the super-duper time-consuming part of our sculpture. Adding all the scales and facial details, Whew this takes a bit. I roll out tiny balls of clay and lay them one at a time on the torso. Smoothing each one out with my flat wooden tool before adding the next scale. Just to do the torso and neck scales took me around 15 hours.

While I am laying the scales, I am adding stripes to his body. Cause nothing is more oceany than stripes! :D Again I use colored powder mixed with liquid Sculpey to make the paint. 
Lets add belly scales now! These don't take as long because they are much larger scales. I flatten out yellow clay and highlight it with blue. Then each piece is layered on the belly. I tried to layer the scales in a way to make the scales look like coral. 

Small light blue scales were added to his lower jaw. These were spaced out a bit instead of over-lapped so it would appear more like cracked skin than scales.


Our dragon's neck and face are all that is left. The scales get smaller as I work my way to his snout. Then the scales across his nose are long and flat. I cover small wire with clay and roll it out as thin as possible, this makes perfect whiskers for my Sea Dragon. The rest of his head fins are attached and side fins are baked and attached to his torso. Looking pretty awesome if I do say so myself. :) 

All that is left now is to add small painted details to the clay. I paint the entire piece with acrylics and then wipe the excess away while it is still wet. The paint seeps into the small nooks and crannies and makes the whole sculpture pop. Then I added tiny dots to the length of my dragon, like the ones on seahorses. :)










When all was said and done, this sculpture took me over 100 hours and I used approximately 12 ounces of polymer clay. He is 10 inches in size and weighs about two pounds, which is heavy for my work. 
By Far the most difficult and in-depth sculpture I have done lately. 
I have named this guy Shorr (shore) and he will be available in my Gallery at the Dragon Con Art Show in September. I hope everyone has enjoyed following my process and I hope you can all stop by to see this piece. 
Keep checking my blog and social media sites for updates on what I will have available at Dragon Con. 
Thank you much for reading!
~Caralyn